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Gelding is bored!

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  • Gelding is bored!

    Understandably so, since this has got to be the worst winter in the Northeast that we have seen in a while!! But, he is bored to the point that he is eating his blankets

    He came to me very "mouthy" as a 4 year old, coming 5. He is now 8, and although better about his mouth having to be on everything, he still seeks out his under layers and begins shredding them. I am trying to be nice and keep him warm, but if he can tear it, he will! The upper layer is durable and has leg straps, so he doesn't touch that blanket, but he has now destroyed 2 blankets since yesterday, ripping off the front buckles and tearing the front to shreds! In the process he is making a huge mess of his stall

    I tried a stall toy once but all he did was walk all over it. Anyone have any ideas for his stall to keep him occupied, while not eating, so he doesn't freeze his butt off this winter? I do have a device for his halter so he can't get to his blankets, but I don't like to use it if I don't have to. He's better once he is ridden, but unfortunately mother nature is being cruel this winter and ride time has become impossible!
    Mirror Image 2001-2007

  • #2
    Use the bib or take the blankets off.
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    • #3
      Is there a reason that he can't be out more? I used to blanket my horses because I was cold. I lived in Northern Ca and my poor horses were double blanketed ( as many were). When I married and moved to Missouri i let them grow a bit more winter coat before the blankets were put on. They were now out 24/7 with shelter. I found that the horses hated the blankets and they tried to tear them up as yours does now. That was the last winter I blanketed ( 18 yrs ago) I live in Minnesota now and while I am cold the horses are not. He is telling you he needs to be out of the stall more, can that not be worked out? It sounds cruel to put a device on him to stop the blanket chewing as that is how he is enduring his days.


      • #4
        Turn him out if at all possible. Try a hanging treat ball....or a milk jug hung where he can bat it around with his head (you can put a couple pieces of something hard in food works well if you don't have some horse treats...for noise makers....some just love this!). Take him out of the stall and (if there is an arena at all) free exercise him for awhile and then go to work teaching him some totally worthless tricks....bowing, counting, picking up things that you describe to him (people will think he's brilliant and you as well), take him for walks and use cones or other things to do "obstacles" on your walks...back through "L" shapes etc. Teach him to lead without a halter and stay with you like glue. Work on any ground manners he may lack (including not using his mouth on you at any time for any reason).
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        • Original Poster

          I would love to turnout more, but it is dependent on my work schedule. He has a short attention span outside too, even though my mare is turned out next to him. When he is ready to come in he does nothing but run the gate. I have always blanketed my horses in the winter. He grew 2 inches the first winter I had him, so he came out in the spring quite skinny, for my liking. I try to find the happy medium between keeping the weight on through the winter and keeping him sane! For a Hanoverian, he sure is a hot TB!! He never touches the top layer, so that is the only blanket on now. I still can't figure out how he gets to the bottom layers to shred them. If he is that flexible then maybe I will ask for more work when he is ridden I've come to the conclusion that he is just one of those bratty horses because he destroys his feed and water buckets too
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